Most students face dead end jobs: report

MORE than half of students are being trained for jobs that automation will change radically in 10-15 years, a Foundation for Young Australians report reveals.

"Our young people are not being trained in the jobs that will survive automation," the report said.

The report - The New Work Order: Ensuring young Australians have skills and experience for jobs of the future, not the past - highlights the way we work will be increasingly affected by three key economic drivers:

Automation, with smarter machines performing more traditionally human tasks;

Globalisation, where technology platforms are making it possible for workers around the world to do jobs from remote locations;

Collaboration, with more people engaged in flexible work for a range of employers.

The report found nearly 60% of Australian students and 71% in vocational training are studying or training for occupations where at least two thirds of jobs will be automated over the coming decades.

"Many (of those jobs) could vanish in 10-15 years," FYA CEO Jan Owen said.

"We must start thinking differently about how we back young people for the jobs and careers of the future."

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